Washington D.C. Articles of Incorporation Templates | DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs


District of Columbia Articles of Incorporation Nonprofit Corporation | Form DNP-1

District of Columbia Articles of Incorporation Nonprofit Corporation | Form DNP-1

The District of Columbia Articles of Incorporation Nonprofit Corporation | Form DNP-1 is used by the Washington DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to gather the information necessary form forming domestic nonprofit corporations that seek to satisfy reporting requirements when seeking corporate status. A good example of this would be entities such as those […]

District of Columbia Articles of Incorporation of Domestic For-Profit Corporation | Form DBU – 1

District of Columbia Articles of Incorporation of Domestic For-Profit Corporation | Form DBU – 1

The District of Columbia Articles of Incorporation of Domestic For-Profit Corporation | Form DBU – 1 must be filled out completely then filed with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. This template form will Name the basic articles that must be reported to the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and […]

District of Columbia Foreign Registration Statement Form | Form FN-1

District of Columbia Foreign Registration Statement Form | Form FN-1

The District of Columbia Foreign Registration Statement Form | Form FN-1 must be received and approved by the Washington DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs from a foreign corporation seeking to legally conduct business, prior to operating as such, in the District of Columbia. This form will guide the submitter in satisfying the basic […]


How to File

Step 1 - When you have decided to form a corporation or incorporate an existing entity, you will be faced with many questions…some with long lived effects. One of the most crucial issues to decide upon is the type of corporation that will be formed. This will have a profound on how the corporation will form and how the corporation will operate. The two most basic types to choose from are profit corporations and not-for-profit corporations. Each category being subdivided further categories such as charitable corporations or professional corporations.

Step 2 - Each corporation operating in Washington D.C. will need to operate under an easily distinguishable and unique Name that bears a corporate designator (such as Corporation, Corp., Incorporated, Inc.). Thus, you will need to find a unique Name that no other entity bears. A suggested bit of research would be to perform a search through the Washington D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs website. This is the governing body which paperwork involving the formation and activities of corporations, that maintains such records. You will need to have an account with this entity which you may obtain here: https://corp.dcra.dc.gov/Account.aspx/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fHome.aspx. Once you have created an account go to your account’s home page here: https://corp.dcra.dc.gov/Home.aspx.

DC accnt homeStep 3 - Locate the tab labeled “Business Filings Search” then select it. From here, enter the Name you wish to give your corporation in the field labeled Inquiry. Make sure the “Search Type” field has “Entity Name” selected from the drop down list. Then select the bubble requesting the database searches for an “Exact Match,” “Starts With,” or “Contains” the words you have entered. Since the Washington D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will make the final decision as to Name availability, it is recommended to lave the “Entity Status” blank. When you have entered a Name and select the method of searching, you may select the button labeled “Search.”

DC Name search 1Step 4 - The Search Results will be displayed in a table directly below the Search Tool. Each entity matching the criteria you entered will have its Full Name, File Number, Effective Date, Status, Model Type, Locale, and Qualifier reported. When selected, each Name will act as a link to a details page for that entity.

DC Name search 2Step 5 – The next page will display the available information for the entity you selected. This will consist of the Business Name, Suffix, Registration/Effective Date, Commencement Date, Entity Status, Foreign Name, Date of Organization, State, Country, Business Address, the type of Registered Agent obtained, the Identity and Location of that Registered Agent,

Step 6 – While these were some of the preliminary steps that are recommended for all corporations, different entity types will have different requirements when forming and registering with the Washington D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. All corporations will need to obtain a Registered Agent where Service of Process aimed at the forming entity may be received but mostly only a nonprofit corporation seeking Tax-Exempt Status will need to include 501(c)(3) language in its Articles of Incorporation. It is up to Incorporators to make sure each step that is required of both all entities and just the one being incorporated must be fulfilled. In this spirit, it is highly recommended to seek consultation with a Washing D.C. attorney when it comes to incorporating.

Step 7 – The Washington D.C. Articles of Incorporation may be submitted to the Washington D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs by mail or online. You will need to file all paperwork required of your entity type with a full payment of the Filing Fee. This will generally range from $80.00 to $220.00. If paying by check (when submitting by mail) make sure to make the check payable to DC Treasurer. If filing online, you may pay with a credit card. You must have an account to file online. You may file online here: https://corp.dcra.dc.gov/Home.aspx or by mail here: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Corporations Division, PO Box 92300, Washington D.C. 20090

How To Reserve A Name

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Step 1 - Download the District of Columbia Name Reservation Registration & Transfer Form by selecting the above link. This is a PDF file providing the option to have information entered onscreen using the appropriate program or printing it then filling it out manually.

Step 2 - To Reserve a Name fill out the top section only. Locate Item 1, labeled “Name of the Person reserving the name.” Enter the Full Name of the individual who wishes to reserve the right to use this Name.

Step 3 - In Item 2, report the Full Address of the person who wishes to reserve this Name.

Step 4 - In Item 3, enter the Name that is to be reserved as a result of this paperwork. Make sure to include the mandatory word of incorporation.

Step 5 - In Item 4, check the box labeled “Initial Reservation.”

Step 6 - The Person reserving this Name must Sign the blank line in Item 5.

Step 7 - Once this form has been filled out, send it to the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs with a check, payable to “DC Treasurer,” in the amount of $50.00 (Filing Fee).

Mail To:

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations Division
PO Box 92300
Washington D.C. 20090